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Wednesday, October 05, 2005



...today's iPod Shuffle:
1. "Hammond Song" by The Roches
2. "Hot Topic" by LeTigre
3. "Spark" by Tori Amos
4. "It Don't Matter To Me" by Bread
5. "Dreamin'" by Marlena Shaw

...AND, THEY CALL IT CASUAL CAR POOL

I've been hearing members of the staff at my office refer to their car pools since I started working at this firm. Their stories are funny, but after a while it began to sound as if they was an incredible number of people in their respective pools. And, then I heard someone call it "Casual Car Pool" ---- for those of you, like me, who may not know what that means -- People who live in the East Bay area of Northern California "enjoy" a system in which one stands in a line at one of several parking lots waiting for a random car to drive by and pick them up. One simply gets in the car --- and there must be a minimum of 2 people who get in and this car is then able to to drive in a special lane at a higher speed into the city. The same is true on the return drive from SF back to the East Bay. There is no charge and only one "ground rule" which does not seem to be followed. The rules are that one does not speak unless spoken to --- clearly everyone speaks to everyone. The whole thing seems like a tragedy waiting to happen. It already sounds like there are guy drivers who only want the hottest "chicks" in their cars and women who fear getting into the cars driven by men. I just don't know.

The very idea of just jumping into a stranger's car with other strangers really creeps me out. I mean, why not just hitch hike for Christ''s sake!?!? But, folks here seem to love the concept and enjoy their "war" or "casual car pooling" stories. I am such a magnet for freaks I am certain that my ride in the casual pool would result in some odd adventure that I do not care to experience. I've been haunted by nightmares. Dreams of psycho casual pool drivers and crazed passengers to whom I've given up the power to screw with my destiny. The dreams tend to involve raw meat, assorted knives, screw drivers and spiked collars. Someone told me that my worries over this "cool" concept are a result of my "old age" ---- maybe so!

And, my "old age" hit me today when I discovered this "kid" --- for whom I have a great deal of respect (highly intelligent, creative with strong business insight) --- turns out to 29 years old. Hardly a child. Yet, to me he looks like one. Oy. But, I did have one positive self-realization today. Some marketing person tried to hand me a free sample candy bar as I was rushing down Market Street. I declined and she said, "Come on, skinny --- you can have some candy!" I just ignored her. But, later when I was eating my lunch a passing individual commented, "I hate you! I bet you can eat anything you want and just stay skinny!" ...the realization that I am now percieved as skinny made my day!

...but, no one is going to convince me that the concept of the casual car pool is a sane one!

10 Comments:

Blogger Dessie said...

It's possible that you were remembering the video to "Spark" and that's why you freaked out over the obvious car-pool-from-hell analogy it created.

Matty, you rock. But I also hate you for being thin. You bitch. [smooch]

11:01 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

I also don't know what 'park and ride' means. Is it the same as 'casual car pool'?

I look forward to your stories of casual car pooling, but in all actuality don't think it's a good idea for you to really try it- you do seem to attract freaks ^_~

3:36 AM  
Blogger thomas said...

i am weighing in agaisnt casual car pooling. how very dangerous. but i bet the stories are good. and even though i love you very much, i also sort of hate you for being thin now. but i'll get over it, because i'm a big ol' girl.

3:50 AM  
Blogger matty said...

Oh, Kids -- people seem to perceive that I am skinny. I don't think I am. But thank you for saying I am --- "thin" --- (holding both hands up with palms facing out in an AbFab moment)

Aaron -- Oh wow! And here I was thinking that yesterday's iPod shuffle meant nothing! I had not thought of that creeped-out Tori vid-clip! With those evil twins who leave her on the express way! Creepy!

Aaron, Jon & Thomas -- No danger of me EVER doing "casual car pool" --- but I live in the city and to participate you have to live on the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc) ...I just think it nuts!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Topher said...

Awww, it really wasn't that bad. I've carpooled once, along with my stepmom, when I was visiting the bay area. I thought about how exciting it'll be to actually do this everyday ^_^ But then again, I'm one who would let a total stranger stay in my spare room for a day or two lol

Wow, go Matt! Two random people in one day commenting about your figure. What's the secret!?

7:39 AM  
Blogger joe said...

sounds scary, this random casual car pooling thing. so as the freak magnet that you are, you MUST try it a few times and report forthwith! just be careful! it'll be like being embedded in Iraq! oh, and eat a breakfast in the car too, to get that skinny thing going. :)

7:48 AM  
Blogger Karyn said...

Matty, you've always been hot, sweetie-darling! (AbFab yourself.)

No casual carpool! Bad! Bad commuter! :)

love ya!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Dessie said...

It takes me an hour to get to work by train, at least. It takes about twenty minutes when my good friend drives me in. And I spend those twenty minutes in abject terror.

I'm weighing up my options too.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Miss Marisol said...

I don't understand...how do you know if the car is going near your office? Or does it just take you to some neutral spot in the city? And then, you're riding in a little car with strangers early in the morning?

Yeah, this isn't something that would work in New York. Someone would definitely get shot.

Oh, and congrats on the skinny comments. What a glorious feeling. But, you know you're a hottie, right?

9:03 PM  
Blogger matty said...

Miss Marisol -- yeah, i don't understand how it works here!?!?! But, yes -- you there are centralized drop off points in the city near MUNI (subway) and BART (commuter rail) ...very strange concept and quite worrying!

LOL! ...bless you, but no -- I am no hottie. I don't think I am ugly or anything, but hottie I am not. However, I am happy with the way I look. ...I think. ...maybe.

9:11 PM  

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